Main Stay Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm is excited to announce its eighth consecutive Four-Star Rating and 100% Perfect Score for the second time by Charity Navigator. This prestigious recognition places Main Stay among charities that consistently exceed industry standards. As a result, Main Stay has earned the prestigious “Give with Confidence” charity status.

What is Charity Navigator?

Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, the organization has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually. Main Stay has been evaluated on the platform for many years. In fact, in 2020 Main Stay was recognized in Charity Navigator’s exclusive list of 10 Top Charities Worth Watching.

What Does a Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator Mean?

Charity Navigator defines a charity with a 4-star rating as one who exceeds or meets best practices and industry standards across almost all areas and likely to be a highly-effective charity.” Specifically, the organization analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators or “beacons”. Accordingly, nonprofits can earn scores in the Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, Leadership & Adaptability, and Impact & Results beacons. Each beacon represents an area of organizational performance that can influence nonprofit success. 

Main Stay’s Beacon Ratings

Main Stay’s performance was evaluated for and earned a 100% score in the following beacons:

  • Accountability & Finance
  • Culture & Community
  • Leadership & Adaptability 

It’s important to mention that Charity Navigator has not yet established a methodology to rate Equine and Animal-assisted services programs for Impact & Results, the fourth beacon. Consequently, Main Stay is not eligible to receive an Impact & Results rating at this time.

Learn More

For a detailed breakdown of Charity Navigator’s methodology and beacons, or to learn more about Main Stay’s Four-Star Rating, please visit Additionally, you can learn more about Main Stay’s impact in our 2022 Impact Report.

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How You Can Help

Main Stay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and receives no state or federal funding. Through the generosity of individuals, private foundations, corporations and service organizations, Main Stay is able to touch hundreds of lives each year.
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